SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)-This Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, and Clark Planetarium is hosting a viewing party.
Every year, Earth passes through the debris left behind from the Comet “Swift-Tuttle.” The result is the inspiring show in the night sky known as the Perseid Meteor Shower.
Observers can expect to see 60-70 meteors per hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteorites can be seen from late July until late August with the peak viewing time during August 11th-13th.
The next major meteor showers in 2018 to follow the Perseids are the Orionids on October 21st, Leonids on November 17th and the Geminids on December 13th.